Review: IBM Virtual Servers for Cloud Gaming
December 07, 2019

Review: IBM Virtual Servers for Cloud Gaming

Venkat Charan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with IBM Cloud Virtual Servers

We use IBM Cloud VM across our infrastructure for different purposes. We are a cloud gaming company and we are super satisfied as we get top notch hardware such as V100s for our users to satisfy their gaming specs. From the business perspective, the prices are cheap than what GCP and AWS has to offer.
  • Fast Provisioning
  • Cheaper prices than competition
  • Technical Support Debugging
  • GPU performance is sometimes degraded.
  • Lot of maintenance activity.
  • No option BYOL for Windows Servers.
  • The overall costs are less than other services.
  • It's tough to get IBM Certified DevOps guys in the market.
  • The UI is not exactly user-friendly.
We use transient pricing when we have unexpected loads. So we don't have to pay for the whole month but only need more capacity infrastructure only during peak times. Especially at these times transient pricing helps by providing infrastructure at a very low price.
Few Virtual Servers such as our Kerberos and two GPU-based computers (the minimum required to run the business) run on reserved capacity. The long-term pricing is good but can be much better.
We still haven't reached the critical volumes where every resource is full. For our usage we prefer IBM because it's cheaper than competition plus they have a very generous StartUp programs. The live support chat and debugging is really helpful and it's available even on the basic support plan unlike AWS and GCP.
IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Stripe
It's well suited in areas where you need to quickly setup servers. We really didn't test the parts that need scaling.

IBM Cloud Virtual Servers for VPC Feature Ratings

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Dynamic scaling
Pre-configured templates
Monitoring tools
Pre-defined machine images
Operating system support
Security controls